username
X
password
register help
show related photosets
DESTINATION
Generic
252 Photosets

2016-04-13  
2016-03-27  
2016-03-19  
2016-01-31  
2016-01-28  
2016-01-12  
2016-01-09  
2016-01-03  
2016-01-01  
2015-12-13  
2015-11-15  
2015-11-01  
2015-10-31  
2015-10-18  
2015-10-18  
2015-09-22  
2015-09-06  
2015-07-23  
2015-07-20  
2015-07-06  
1,  2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8 ... 13  
North of Prescott, AZ
mini location map2016-07-02
15 by photographer avatarHansenaz
photographer avatar
 
North of Prescott, AZ 
North of Prescott, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jul 02 2016
Hansenaz
Hiking
Hiking
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners none no partners
The area above Prescott along Walnut Creek and near the start of the Verde is a good place to find ancient hilltop forts. I've been to four of these in the past year and when I spotted another one on a satellite picture not too far from the one straggler I hadn't gotten to yet, I thought a return trip was in order.

We were able to drive near the first one and after a short uphill bushwack we came across some preserved structure walls forming a trisected rectangle. This was probably a fort/lookout rather than a habitation site: we only saw a few small pieces of pottery (the only ones we saw all day). Not sure why the internal dividers - I doubt it ever had a roof.

I thought a nearby hilltop might also have something on top so we headed off for that one. This one also had a nice rectangular fort on top...a bit bigger but the walls a little lower than the first one. This site had a commanding view in a couple directions and as with the other two today showed no signs of modern visitors.

We looped back to the car and drove 9mi NW as (the crow flies) to visit my straggler ruin. (A previous trip misfired when I forgot my GPS and couldn't locate it.) I thought this one would be pretty easy to get to and probably a little bit popular since it's so obvious in the satellite pictures. Actually it was a fair amount of work (600-700' vertical of steep bushwacking) and there were no signs people go there. The walls were very well preserved - a little hard to understand why that would be after ~700yrs of weathering.

We looped back and for some extra spice took the Williamson Valley Road all the way to Seligman (~60mi of dirt) and spent the night in Flagstaff. :DANCE:

Fort trifecta.
_____________________
1 archive
HAZ Member
Hansenaz's
363 Photosets

  2016-10-29
  2016-10-15
  2016-10-08
  2016-10-03
  2016-09-17
  2016-09-10
  2016-09-03
  2016-08-20
  2016-07-20
  2016-07-16
  2016-07-03
  2016-07-02
  2016-07-02
  2016-06-19
  2016-06-18
  2016-05-28
  2016-05-21
  2016-05-07
  2016-04-30
  2016-04-23
1 ... 4,  5,  6,  7,  8,  9,  10 ... 19  
help comment issue

end of page marker